September 16, 2019

On a gorgeous June day, Jess and Myk married within St Swithins Church that’s just a minutes walk from the front doors of the house with their Son in their arms. This wedding had everything, heartfelt speeches, limbo, a very sparkly jacket to kick off their first dance, oh, and there may have been some underpants with the Groom’s face on!

It’s been a busy couple of years for Jess and Myk, as shorty after booking their wedding with us, they found out they were expecting their first baby! It was great seeing Jess blossom through the planning process and then finally meeting their little cutie Maxwell, who enjoyed the whole day with his newlywed parents!

Jess got ready for her big day in the Manor House, with all her bridesmaids, and little Maxwell  never too far away for a cuddle.

As Jess got ready, Myk arrived with all twelve groomsmen for a quick drink, before heading off to the church to welcome all their guests!

Jess then slipped into her gorgeously elegant dress and all her Bridesmaids got ready to make their way to the church. Jess looked absolutely breathtaking in a simple elegant sheath gown with subtle lace touches finished off with that gorgeous bright and beautiful bouquet!

Emotions ran high, when Myk and Maxwell saw their beautiful Bride for the first time at the end of the aisle!

After the ceremony, guests walked the short walk back to Launcells Barton for their welcome drinks reception. Live music played as guests mingled and enjoyed lawn games in the garden and courtyard.

As guests made their way to find their seats in the Reception Barn, Jess & Myk took a bit of time to themselves and enjoyed a quick game of badminton, before being welcomed in for their wedding breakfast!

The Reception Barn looked absolutely stunning, with bold coloured flowers and huge peonies filling tables, a stunning bold arch framing the top table and a flower wreath hanging from the centre beam!

Guest stood to congratulate the newlyweds, as they took their seats with Maxwell at their side.  After the wedding breakfast, Myk gave a very heartfelt speech to his new wife and family, while his bestmen set about presenting a very organised and thorough speech with handouts and powerpoint presentation!

As we turned around the Reception Barn and their band set up, guests mingled and Jess and Myk took a ride on our Tractor to find a bit of time to take in the day!

As Jess and Myk arrived back to the barn and the band were ready to play their first dance, Myk slipped into a sparkly jacket in homage to their love of the Greatest Showman!

And then the party began…….

A few words from Jess–  ” From the moment we arrived on our initial visit we knew that Launcells Barton was the perfect place for us to celebrate our wedding with all our friends and family. The venue itself is so unbelievably beautiful, the house, the barns, the grounds, we fell in love with the place. Lara and Matt were so welcoming and excited about helping us achieve our wedding dreams! We could not imagine anywhere more perfect. Finding the time to plan wasn’t the easiest for us once our beautiful baby boy arrived, but Lara and her team were so helpful. They provided lots advice and recommendations, and using some of their amazing partner suppliers made things so easy for us!

Our wedding day was perfect, one of the best things was that on the actual day we enjoyed ourselves from start to finish. This was so important as we knew that we weren’t going to be able to relive the day, we wanted to make the most of it and it’s thanks to Lara, Matt and their team that we were able to do this. As well as the big things – epic venue, great hosts, beautiful accommodation etc. there were so many small details that made us feel really special.

Launcells Barton is the ideal wedding venue and would highly recommend it to anyone. We’d also like to thank Lara and Matt so much for giving us a day that we can look back on for the rest of our lives with such overwhelming happiness and joy.”

It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you both and seeing your family grow along the way! We wish you all nothing but happiness and laughter, as no doubt Maxwell will keep you both on your toes getting himself into mischief! 

Suppliers
Photography- Mcgivern Photography
Flowers- Brompton Buds
Hair- Hannah Woodgates Hair Design
Make Up- Grey Mink
Band- Blue Lion
Love Lights- Keeping it Vintage

 

 

 

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August 20, 2018

Are you wanting to exchange your vows at the altar, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones? If a church wedding has always been a part of the plans for your big day, then we’re able to offer something truly unique at Launcells Barton.

Our venue is situated just a short walk from the beautiful Parish Church of St Swithin’s, once described by Sir John Betjeman as the ‘least spoilt church in Cornwall’. Being this close brings with it a whole host of benefits for our couples wanting to have the church wedding they’ve always dreamt of without the logistics of booking a venue far from the first part of their day.

Here are just a few key parts of your wedding day…

The Parish Church of St Swithin’s

For those wanting an idyllic and romantic church surrounded by green Cornish countryside, St Swithin’s Church is the perfect home for your wedding ceremony. The building, which dates back to the late 15th century is nestled into the surrounding countryside and filled with intricately carved bench ends, Georgian boxed pews and a huge collection of encaustic Barnstaple tiles, giving it a traditional and unique feel.

Wake up in a luxury manor house

Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start the day for any bride. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house if packed full of traditional features including a priest hole in the bridal suite that dates back to the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII!

Once you’re ready you’ll need not worry about transport as it’s just a matter of minutes to get down to the church and begin your walk down the aisle to your waiting groom.

Make your way to the reception

If you’ve got guests coming from far and wide, or perhaps not from Cornwall who are unfamiliar with the local area, the logistics of getting everyone from the church to the reception venue can become something of a challenge so you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ll be able to join you on the short walk to our Mill.

Your reception

You’ll be able to enjoy your welcome drinks in our beautiful Mill, or if the sun is shining, these will be served just outside to make the most of the weather. You will then move on to our brand new and purpose-built Reception Barn, which has been designed to complement the original house and surrounding area. It’s light, airy and open plan layout makes it great for larger weddings with seating for up to 200 guests. It’s the perfect place to dance the night away and to use as a real blank canvas when it comes to decorations and really making it your own. It of course comes with its own bar which we’ll staff for you so all you need to worry about is having a great time with your guests.

You can find out more about the Reception Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/events-barn

Our Mill Barn is able to offer something a little different; this 19th century stone built barn has beautifully exposed beams and large French doors which if you’re lucky to have a sunny day, allow light to pour into the open plan area which will seat 180 of your nearest and dearest. There’s also a rustic bar for your guests to enjoy!

You can find out more about the Mill Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/mill-barn

You can find full information on our wedding packages here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/packages/

The small details

If you are currently planning a church wedding, there are a number of criteria set by The Church of England which need to be met before your wedding day. For more information on this and booking the church please get in touch with St Swithin’s Church directly.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk.

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August 15, 2018

We know that every couple and wedding are different, which is exactly why our venue and packages provide each bride and groom with the flexibility and freedom to make their day truly unique and one they’ll always remember. From the setting of your ceremony through to the catering and the décor; you’ll be able to dictate every detail.

You’ll also never share our venue with anyone else; each of our packages provides you with exclusive use, so you’ll only be surrounded by the ones you love on your big day.

Worried about the small details? As well as expert on-the-day coordination by our in-house team, our weekend and two-night-stay packages include the use of tables and chairs for your ceremony and reception, a fully staffed bar (have a look at all of the benefits that brings here!), a fully kitted kitchen for your caterers as well as a PA system that makes sure every guest is able to hear all of the emotional and tear-jerking speeches!

Here’s a little more information on how each of our packages works…

The Weekend Wedding Package

Our most popular package gives you exclusive use of the grounds and venue from Friday afternoon through to midday on Sunday. You’ll have several options when it comes to selecting a location for your civil ceremony; choose from our lovingly restored 19th century Mill Barn, the Manor House or the property’s beautiful outside ceremony space – perfect for a summer wedding!

From there you’ll be able to make your way to our Reception Barn which is purpose built and can seat up to 180 guests on round tables or 200 on trestle tables. Think of this space as a complete blank canvas for your reception; you can customise and make the space whatever you want it to be, and if you’re short of inspiration just ask our team – we’re always happy to help!

Wondering where your bridal party will call home for the weekend? Our 16th century Georgian Manor House will be all yours throughout the weekend. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house is packed full of traditional features and is able to sleep 12 of your nearest and dearest.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

Midweek Two-Night-Stay Wedding Package

If you fancy having a midweek wedding, then this package is definitely for you! You have all of the flexibility of a weekend wedding but on a weekday; so you’ll still have exclusive use of our venue, the flexibility to choose your ceremony location and to fully customise your reception or other aspects of your day. Your bridal party will of course also be able to call our Manor House their home for the duration of their stay.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

Midweek Intimate Overnight Wedding Package

If you’re wanting a small and intimate wedding we’re able to offer a bespoke and unique package for smaller wedding parties. To discuss your wedding day with us please call on 01288 352352 or complete the contact form on our contact page.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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July 27, 2018

We’ve welcomed couples from all over the country and as far afield as Australia, so what is it that makes Launcells Barton the perfect place and home for your family, friends and most importantly your wedding?

If you’re currently planning your big day and looking far and wide at potential venues we’ve put together 10 reasons many of our bride and grooms travel hundreds of miles to spend their special day with us.

The best of both worlds

Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations in the country and it’s easy to see why when you think of the incredible sandy beaches and rolling countryside. But how do you choose between them? Fortunately, at Launcells Barton you don’t have to. Although we’re set in idyllic and leafy countryside, we’re also just minutes from some of the best beaches on the north coast and if you peak over the top of our hill you’ll see those rolling Atlantic waves!

Your bridal party accommodation

As a bridal party you’ll make our Manor House your home for the weekend. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house if packed full of traditional features including a priest hole in the bridal suite that dates back to the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII!

Guest accommodation nearby

Of course, if you’re travelling from afar you’ll also have to consider where your guests will stay. Being just minutes from Bude means we’re blessed with a wide range of accommodation providers within close proximity to our venue – whether it’s a luxury seafront holiday cottage, a small hotel or the perfect glamping spot, they’ll simply be spoilt for choice.

Exclusive use

Weddings are a day to share with your loved ones so when it comes to yours what better way to spend it than surrounded by the ones you cherish the most. As an exclusive use venue Launcells Barton is your home for your wedding weekend – no interruptions – just you, your family and friends.

Great travel links to the rest of the country

If you’re worried about an arduous and long journey to Cornwall for you and your guests, then we can happily put those fears to rest. Our venue is nestled just inside Cornwall, close to the border with Devon. This means that no matter what time of the year you’re travelling to us you’re unlikely to be hit by heavy tourist traffic or by the extra hours you’ll face if making your way to the far west of the county.

A completely flexible wedding

Want a picture perfect wedding outside? We can do that! Prefer a wedding in a state of the art and purpose built reception barn in the heart of the Cornish countryside? We can do that! How about having your day in a converted 19th century stone built mill barn? You guessed it – we can do that too! Launcells Barton really is flexible enough to meet every bride and groom’s needs. Why not have a look at some of our recent weddings to get an ideas for your own big day?

Still be married in a church

If you are after a more traditional service in a church, the Parish Church of St Swithian’s
is a literal stone’s throw from our venue and is described as one of the most unspoilt churches in the Duchy.

Iconic photo opportunities

With flexibility comes an incredible range of potential photo opportunities for your weddings – from the iconic steps at the front of our manor house to the beautiful green countryside that surrounds us, photographers love coming to Launcells Barton and you’re sure to have memories that will last a lifetime.

Your very own staffed bar

There’ll be no need to worry about supplying your own alcohol or bar staff – it is all taken care of. No hidden costs, no fears of running out or having to remove the bottles the next day – we ensure everything is covered! You can read more about our drinks packages in this blog post.

Some of the best local suppliers

We’re lucky to have some incredible local wedding suppliers on our doorstep – whether it’s a fantastic florist or a culinary craftsman, we’re always happy to give you the lay of the local land to ensure you know the best suppliers Cornwall has to offer – which can be really important if you’re not from the area!

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk.

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July 25, 2018

Finding the perfect wedding venue is such an important part of your planning process. It’s where you’ll be spending one of the most significant moments of your life, and is a central part of creating the atmosphere for your day. The venue will determine so many other things such as which flowers to choose, how your photo’s will look and how many guests you can invite.

Something I always love and feel blessed to be a part of is the moment couples eyes light up as they discover all Launcells Barton has to offer during a visit! As they walk around our grounds and beautiful buildings, I can see them visualising their ceremony and their ideas coming to life, which is just magic!

If you’d like to know more about what makes us so special, here are just a few reasons our venue could be a match made in heaven….

Beautiful boutique accommodation

When you hold your wedding here, the whole venue is exclusively yours to enjoy for the whole duration, over the course of two nights and three days. Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start your day. Plus, you’ll be able to be joined by 12 of your nearest and dearest. Our brides have their very own suite which will make you feel like you’re in complete luxury, as you should be!

Feel like one of the family

So many of our couples tell us that come the end of their celebration, they feel like we’re all one big family, which is exactly what we aim for! My partner Matthew grew up at Launcells Barton and the farm has been in his family since 1949, so being a family affair is definitely something which is important to us. We do everything we can in our power to look after you, make you comfortable and hopefully feel like this is your home during your stay.

Stunning photo opportunities

You’ll make memories that last a lifetime on your wedding day and you’ll be sure to remember them if you spend it at Launcells Barton with a whole host of photo opportunities for you and your groom. Photographers that visit our venue often say they’re spoilt for choice; we’ve got stunning green countryside, the iconic steps at the front of our manor house, the rustic interiors of our barns or the simplicity of an outdoor wedding. If you venture to the top of the hill you’ll also have the stunning backdrop of the coast.

Everyone can come!

If you both have large families and an abundance of friends, then you’re going to need a venue to accommodate them all. By holding your wedding here, you won’t have to endure any awkward situations or whittle down your guest list as we have the capacity to seat up to 200 guests. Children are always welcome and we provide plenty of advice on planning a child friendly wedding in this blog post.

The choice is yours

Every wedding at Launcells Barton is unique and the reason is that the options are pretty limitless. We’ve got the ability to have the wedding of your dreams – whether that’s an outside and simple ceremony, a large gathering in a state of the art barn set in rural countryside or a rustic affair in our converted 19th century Mill Barn, it’s all here to make your own.

Each can be your own blank canvas to make your own and if you’re feeling short of inspiration have a look through our blog at some of the fantastic recent weddings we’ve held here.

If you’re currently planning your wedding in Cornwall and would like to arrange a viewing or ask us any questions please give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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July 20, 2018

Back in June we saw the beautiful and relaxed wedding of Sophia and David.
I’ve been waiting to tell their story for so long, as they really did take a leap of faith with us and what an incredible day it turned out to be!

In January 2017, as we had just laid the foundations of our new Reception Barn, Sophia and David got in contact about holding their wedding with us, the only thing was they weren’t actually going to see the venue until a couple of days before, as they were now living in Australia due to work! Sophia’s family are from Cumbria and David’s from the Midlands, so they wanted a neutral location and somewhere that had a special meaning for them both. As they both love travelling and reminiscing about trips together, Cornwall was where they wanted to bring everyone together on their special day!

With a laptop in hand and iphone for back up due to the then sketchy Wifi, that we were still trying to get set up across the venue, I sat down to do my very first Skype viewing! As I walked around showing Sophia and David the different parts of the venue and standing in front of a muddy trench explaining what was going to be built, it became apparent, just how lovely they both were and what a lovely journey this was going to be with them!

Every few months, we would sit down in front our laptops and have a chat about how all the wedding planning was coming along and even though they were 1000’s of miles away, we had such fun laughing getting to know one another.

Then the day came, just two days before there wedding, when I was going to meet them both for the very first time and they were going to see the venue for real! Slightly nerve wracking, but thankfully they were ecstatic and absolutely over the moon, which was a huge relief!  After talking to them so much in the run up to their wedding, meeting them in person for the first time was like catching up with old friends!

Only a few days later and Sophia, David and all their friends and family arrived to set up for their wedding. I have to say it was one of the most relaxed set up’s I’d ever been a part of-baring in mind the couple had organised everything from across the globe and were meeting their suppliers for the very first time!  With music on and everyone laughing and joking, everything turned out beautifully, as they had complete trust in all their chosen suppliers.

Bleujen created a gorgeous hanging wreath, full of greenery that hung from the centre beam in the Reception Barn.  They also styled the arbour for the couple’s outdoor ceremony with brightly coloured peonies and roses to give a pop of colour!

On the morning of their wedding as the sun shone, reminding her of the Summer she had just left behind in Oz, Sophia got ready with her friends and family around her.  Meanwhile David got ready close by, before making his way to Launcells Barton.
Sophia looked out of this world in a fitted lace dress with a simple full length veil.

It was soon time for the guests to start arriving and Sophia to get ready to walk across to the Walled Garden to meet her Groom, accompanied by some gorgeous acoustic music by Joss White.

Sophia and David kept their ceremony really relaxed and personal to the both of them. With readings and poems from their friends, personal vows and with everyone from across the World coming together to celebrate, there wasn’t a dry eye throughout the whole ceremony!

After their ceremony Sophia, David and all their guests headed out into the courtyard for drinks, canapés and lawn games.

While their guests were happy chatting and sipping on Pimms, with acoustic music playing throughout the courtyard, Sophia and David popped off for a few photos.

We then announced guests through the walled garden to take their seats for the wedding breakfast in the Reception Barn, before guests enjoyed sharing platters catered for by Beautiful and the Feast.

The Launcells Barton team made sure everyone had a full glass, as the speeches got underway.  David also said a lovely heartfelt thank you to us for all the support they had received,  which really meant a lot, as we do genuinely care about our couples and making sure they have the best day!

As their DJ John Green set up and guests relaxed in the bar and lawns outside the Reception Barn, Sophia and David hopped on to our tractor and Matt drove them off to catch the sunset…. and what a sunset it was!!

The newlyweds even took the time to go for a little walk just the two of them and being a farmers Grand- daughter, Sophia had no problem climbing the gates… even in that breathtaking gown!

Relaxed after their walk, they were then welcomed back by all their guests and the evening party began!!

A few words from the gorgeous Bride herself- Sophia ” What can we say… booking a venue which wasn’t yet built, in a town we’d never been to seems like a crazy idea when we think back. But putting our faith in Matt and Lara was the best decision. The whole planning process was a breeze with Lara on hand to answer all our questions. When we finally saw the venue, three days before the big day…despite the fog, we could tell it was as beautiful as the Skype videos we’d seen. The house is amazing, with more than enough space for a full bridal party. The walled garden was the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony; a real sun trap which literally smells of roses! And the barn and grounds which provided so many areas for our guests to enjoy. We had the most amazing wedding and mini adventure in Bude, thanks team Launcells! So nice that we both feel like old friends rather than supplier and client. Sure you guys don’t fancy a trip over to Melbourne!? x”

These absolutely gorgeous images are thanks to the very talented Oli McGivern. Oli photographed one of our very first weddings and came down from London to work with us on our first Winter styled shoot back in 2017. We even changed the positioning of some of the windows in the Reception Barn at the very last minute, due to Oli explaining – over a few glasses of wine- about the lighting and mathematics of getting the best possible light for photographs! I still don’t understand the maths side of things, but he does get some incredible shots!!

Oli– “It was a joy to be back at my favourite venue with such a lovely couple and their friends who made me feel like one of the gang. My first return since the new barn was put in and Matt & Lara have done a fantastic job with it. The sun’s hat was firmly on and once again Launcells retains its title as the Easiest Venue to Photograph at the 2018 McGivern Photography Venue Awards. “

As Sophia and David settle back in to life in Australia, but this time as man and wife, we wish nothing but happiness for you both. It was a privilege to be a part of your special day and be welcomed as a friend by yourselves and all your friends and family who just couldn’t have been lovelier! We’re sure there will be lots of adventures to come as you continue to explore the World, but we hope that you will stay in touch and look back at your time in Cornwall as one of the happiest of your life!

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